Hello all. I've been lurking here for a while.
I'm considering upgrading my equipment. I know there are tons of threads on the subject but I was hoping for an answer to my specific situation. I'll try my best to describe my situation so forgive me if this gets a little verbose.
I live in NYC and a radar detector's pretty much useless except on maybe 1 road (belt parkway). As a result, I usually don't turn my RD on until I'm out of the city. Most of my driving is either going into northern NJ or upstate NY (catskills). The RD is primairly a weekend thing. I might drive in to work once every 2 weeks or so.
There are 3 types of roads that I'm usually on (aside from the city) where I'll use the RD.
1. If I'm in NJ, it's the local road/highways with 35-55 PSL. I'm on these maybe 15% of the time. Traffic during the day, no traffic at night. I've seen very little X and K, mostly Ka.
2. Windy back country roads with 35-55 PSL. These are usually upstate in the small towns and mountains. Usually no traffic. I'm on these 15% of the time. The roads can be windy, lots of elevation changes, with some straight sections and usually run through the local towns. I'd say these are my biggest threat. These are mostly Ka.
3. The interstate, 65 PSL. I'm usually on these 70% of the time going from the city to upstate. I've seen a mix of Ka and laser. I'm usually doing 65-70 on cruise control. That is, unless I find a good rabbit to chase.
I also go away on 6-7 trips a year, usually into NH/vermont/maine to go snowboarding. Plus I travel a lot through the northeast and also down to North carolina everyonce in a while. These are a mix of #2 and #3 from the above.
In NJ, the XTR's all over the place with false alerts. The only thing that usually clues me in is Spec mode telling me the frequency of the source. When I'm upstate and on the interstate, I get almost no FA's so the Spec mode is not as important.
When I'm outside the populated areas, the xtr-695se is usually pretty good about picking up stuff, though sometimes the range is lacking. I'm not too worried on the highway cause I'm usually only 5-8 over. When I'm on the backcountry roads, depending on if I have a rabbit in front of me or not, I'm usually 0-20 over. with CO, on the highway, I get 1/2mi to 1 mi of range if it's aimed at me. Otherwise it's about 1/4-1/2 if it's bouncing off the cars in front of me. This gives me a good 20-30 sec of warning, not too bad. When I'm on the back country roads, with CO, I get maybe 1/4. This is still about 5-15 sec, depending on the situation. However, this only happens about 50% of the time. The other 50% of the time, I get literally from a second to maybe 2-3. I suspect this is with QT/IO because I'll just get a burst outta nowhere.
What I'm looking for I guess, is some advice. Does it sound like the xtr-695se is "adequate" for me? I'm happy overall with it but a little more range wouldn't help on the highway and a little more sensitivity (especially to QT/IO bouncing off the rabbits in front of me, esp off axis from the side) for the backcountry roads. I was looking into the Redline and V1 (3.872 newest).
Basically from what I've been reading, the pro's and con's of each, as I see are:
The RL doesn't do too well with QT/IO.
The V1 doesn't have auto-mute and can be a bit noisy at max sensitivity.
The V1 has no Spec mode.
The V1 has the best range.
The RL has Spec mode.
The V1 has the arrows.
What do you guys think? Keep what I have, go for the RL, or V1?
Thanks for listening.